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the latest news in the week's top stories in the hunger strike at guantanamo bay passes the hundred day mark with inmates risking their lives in their protest against detention without charge. the u.s. government seizes the phone records of journalists from the associated press sparking media outrage but the white house insists it wasn't involved in the probe . syrian government forces take the fight to the rebels in a key town near the lebanese border seen as an entry point for smuggled weapons and . more spies in disguise russian security exposes the cia station chief in moscow and u.s. intelligence has left red faced after getting caught trying to recruit a russian agent.
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and broadcasting live from our studios in a moscow this is r.t. i'm sean thomas glad to have you with us it has been one hundred three days since the mass hunger strike at guantanamo bay began and it seems that the prisoners aren't going to back down anytime soon over half of the camps inmates are involved in the protest against indefinite detention without trial and with no timetable for release some of them say they are seeking freedom through death but the u.s. military says that they are force feeding them to make sure that things don't get that far as artie's going to comments. after years of the natural injustice and indifference and after more than three months of starvation one tunnel detainees have finally got the president's attention i'm going to go back at this they've heard these words before as president i will close guantanamo reject
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the military commissions act and if you're to the geneva conventions and now why did it needs to be closed now congress and again as many times before the white house if it were sponsibility to congress there's much you can do administrative leave without congress without having legislative act even under current restrictions the administration has the power to use national security waivers to release many of these men which it hasn't used it's the charge that well the fear that if you release some of these prisoners that have been accused of being terrorist in the past and and they do something else or you find them going into terrorist organizations you will pay a heavy political price for that so many of these men have fallen victim not just to their wrongful capture but also to u.s. politicians assumptions of what they may or may not do in the future but you can or
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you can or will people want to maybe you know this is a we're not future police here so far the administration's only response to the crisis of one carnival has been to force feeding troops down detainees nostrils the fact of the matter is that when an individual makes a decision of sound mind makes the decision to refuse food as a political protest then as we said in a joint statement it is not open to the states in a circumstance to force them to do each. and the force feeding here involves the insertion of a tube of some significant dynamic diameter through the nasal passages and into the stomach in the most horrible circumstances the un special rapporteur on human rights also told me that he was encouraged to hear the. once again expressed commitment to close the prison president of united states has said kuantan was a problem and yet on the ground for some reason the camp administration continues to treat these men and humanely and did not deny them basic dignity for years the
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administration has engaged in. acrobatics to justify its inaction on guantanamo and it's still not clear how long before people there start dying but one thing is clear the elephant in the room just too big to ignore in washington. the u.s. military recently requested to tens of millions of dollars to renovate the prison saying congress has decided to keep it open indefinitely maintaining the facility is already costing america a considerable sum let's take a look at those numbers now right now it takes about nine hundred thousand dollars that's the price of keeping just one detainee there for a year and there is one hundred sixty six inmates at guantanamo right now many of whom have been held without charge for more than a decade now cost much less around twenty five thousand dollars per year to house a victim prisoner in the u.s. earlier my colleague bill dodd spoke to
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a guantanamo spokesman navy captain robert duran who denied abuse at the facility. they get what we call a full frisk which is a pat down search not unlike you'd experience going through airport security if you are selected for secondary screening in the united states it's quick it's full clothing on and it's noninvasive it's not the detainees job to tell the truth the lawyers just repeat what the detainees say that all of the allegations are false and let me ask you about the allegations about the on the safe and inhumane force feeding all those prisoners who are on hunger strike do you deny that the policy of the united states and its to reserve life for lawful means we have currently thirty who are doing and carolyn said that's using a liquid nutrition supplement most of them when they're ordered to do that go compliantly and take it a percentage about a third need to be taken to their cheating it's
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a procedure that's done in hospitals and nursing homes every day it's not done to harass them but it's done to sustain life to sustain life but we've been hearing from the medical justice network who is saying that don't deserve accused of colluding in torture that at the camp and that's been agreed on by the world medical association and the u.n. the u.s. and we disagree with them it's a matter of national policies our courts of up held that. sustaining life you lawful means lawful we have a medical protocol where we evaluate detainees based on their weight loss and co-morbidity we allow them to hunger strike that if they get below eighty five percent of body weight some damage could be down we will do the involuntary feeding all of those allegations are false they're not they're not being subject to extreme temperatures they're not being denied food and water the conditions are as good as they can possibly be they had satellite television and they had communal living that all kinds of good things were transparent facility. lawyers for the detainees
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strongly disagree with captain durans assessment they claim of the captives are being held in unbearable conditions and are subjected to daily harassment clive stafford smith represents several of the hunger strikers and says that they're being forced to keep silent about the truth let's face it when my clients are coming to have a telephone and called me last i heard you can smuggle anything in and now it's on the telephone. and so the idea that they threaten the prisoners with full body and i won't go into the really graphic but it's basically a sexual assault is just a threat to try to get them not to talk to us and frankly the reason for this is fairly obvious that there's been an awful lot of information coming out of guantanamo bay that doesn't suit the authorities last friday two of my clients refused to have a call with me for the simple reason that they didn't want to go through that process i had one of the other lawyers from reprieve was at the base last week and
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twice prisoners didn't want to come out for a visit because of what they've been threatened with in order to negotiate an end to the strike we have to give justice to these prisoners and we're talking about as you well know eighty six of one hundred sixty six prisoners have been cleared for release that's fifty two percent of men treating most of the people i represent there's only one way and this strikes fairly and that's to take the prisoners who have been cleared for release and set them free that's how things are right now over the guantanamo bay hunger strike you get yourself up to speed on the events of the past one hundred days that are. there you'll find a complete and comprehensive coverage with comment and analysis from u.s. officials lawyers and even some former detainees it's all online for you at your dot com. well the u.s. justice department got embroiled in another surveillance scandal this week after it seized two months of phone records of editors and journalists from the country's biggest news gathering service the associated press is wall as the details. it's
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being called an unprecedented government intrusion the justice department secretly collected two months of telephone records from the associated press and its reporters. the a.p. believes this story prompted the secret investigation the cia uncovered a plot to bomb a u.s. bound airliner a plot originated in yemen and was carried out by al qaeda the arabian peninsula by reporting this al qaeda was put on notice that the cia had an inside look at their activities be a piece as the justice department did not say why they needed the information but says among the nearly two dozen telephone records collected at least five of them were from reporters working on the story in question this was a very serious. a very serious leak and a very very serious leak. i've been
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a prosecutor since one thousand nine hundred six and i have to say that this is among if not the most serious it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that never see it put the american people at risk and that is not hyperbole eric holder announced he was recusing himself from this a.p. investigation the prominent news agency condemned the government's actions in a letter to holder associated press c.e.o. gary pruitt says quote these records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the news gathering activities undertaken by the a.p. during a two month period provide a roadmap to news gathering operations and disclose information about a.p.'s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know now the a.p. is asking for an explanation as to why the government pulled reporters' phone records without notifying them the worries the effect the news will have on the media and its sources i think the effect on the media has already been felt i mean
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you have sources that are being shut down. doors just being shut in people's faces now that was probably the intention the intention was to scare. the turn off the faucet in other words from leaks in the wake of the controversy white house press secretary jay carney reiterated the obama administration's dedication to transparency he believes strongly in the need for the press to be unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism he also believes strongly as a citizen and as president in the need to ensure that classified information is not leaked because it can endanger our national security interests this balance between transparency and national security has been a delicate one since nine eleven and the obama administration has a history of aggressively going after whistleblowers prosecuting more people for leaking classified information than any other administration combined and washington was wall artsy plugging the flow of illegal weapons coming up later in
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the program we were on the syrian government's often sort of in a rebel held border town seen as a policeman route for arms from lebanon. also ahead as activist groups appointed human rights violations in bahrain in local campaigner tells us about the kingdoms of a new way of spying on the people. humiliated and expelled cia spy ryan fogle has now left russia after being busted offering a million dollars to a russian security agent in return for assistance this week saw red faces at the american embassy in moscow as the identity was also revealed of the cia bureau chief working under the guise of a diplomat or he's going to coaching of it takes the story up for us. ryan fogle was caught in the act trying to recruit a russian special services agent to work for the americans now russia's federal security service has released
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a photo technical equipment and some other items that were found when he was detained including a compress a map of moscow a large amount of cash and even two weeks to allegedly use as disguises now this is suspected cia agent was offering one million dollars a year for passing on classified information and that was revealed to you know why a taped telephone conversation between full girl and the security agent he was trying to recruit made public by russia's federal security service if you're going to the store it's a war to give us more of the poster talk of the war than you know what goes through attack us because of mortgages on the bottom of the web of a million little old you and yes. i do. the. full bill has been handed over to the american authorities and now faces deportation the f.s.b. told r.t. that was not the first case and recent years since two thousand and eleven there
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have been in fact four other similar cases one case involves another american embassy employee who was trying to recruit a russian employee of the national committee the ass's b. says that there is a striking resemblance to the focal scase and that the cia has gone too far with this spying operations. we were particularly outraged at the actions of the american spy dillon benjamin he tried to convince an employee of the russian national counter-terror committee to hand over classified documents of this department to the cia like mr fogle he was deported from russia we hope the cia would learn their lesson and something like that would never happen again so we decided not to release the information about dylan to the public but apparently they didn't learn that lesson in fogel's case the ceiling crossed a red line so we had to react according to official instructions. and as average with the just the spy story at hand the exposure of
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a cia spy in moscow got the media animated it was a mixture flat for and disbelief at their alleged spies quite clumsy recruiting techniques but that's quite a common reaction to the stories like this but still it doesn't make them a new last her last three member of the previous spy scandals for instance back in two thousand and six russian t.v. showed a documentary exposing several british am-i six agents working in moscow and here is the high concept they used rocks at that time the media laughed at what was considered a conspiracy theory until a high ranking adviser to the prime minister admitted it's true so rog's weeks compresses and maps james bond doesn't exactly have much competition right now in syria government forces have fought their way into the heart of a key rebel stronghold with at least fifty eight people said to have been killed in
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the ongoing battle the town of qusayr near the lebanese border is allegedly a vital hub for the smuggling of arms into syria local journalist xeni has the details for us. the rebels are on the north an area of the city that is the full control over the east in western. side of the city that was liberated the center of center city is liberated and in a surprise the syrian army managed to make a full circle around the city fighting the opposition position fight is the main achievement is to stop that line of supply chain between lebanon and syria most of the fight is gathered from different areas and syria in order to gather in course sokol said become the capital of pollution this operation move very slow but it's wise for the studies to additionally speaking they managed to make first they
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started from the west from the western side of the of the of the city and bedouin areas they control this this zone with some fighters from lebanon some extremist group where preparing to go to go into syria to fight with that it builds they are going to make they were going to make a kind of a bigger front in order to fight and expand. the fighting line between the government and the opposition by this now we have limited the fighting into one city or one into one part of the city the international arena and international has started to change with the russian american agreement. it's less acceptable. acceptable for countries to go against the american will by providing more weapons but that if aleutian. in syria by this it's a kind of a green line for the syrian government forces to go into the temple. which is of
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course had known now by this no more smuggling will go on. weapons coming from cut off from other countries. meanwhile russia's calls for a peaceful solution to the syrian conflict have been backed by the united nations the u.n. chief ban ki moon said an international conference should be held as soon as possible to help the parties enter negotiations but it remains unclear who will speak for the rebels you got a piece going off has been following developments in the black sea resort of sochi . well after meeting with russia's leadership the un secretary-general ban ki moon agreed that the conflict in syria could only be resolved in accordance with international law without any foreign military intervention and with the full respect of syria's territorial integrity he also agreed to the idea of putting together this joint conference which would include both the syrian rebels and the authorities now they were also able to establish the list of current stumbling blocks concerning the sadia and well first of all currently the opposition is still
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quite divided it's unclear who would be able to represent it as a whole at such a conference secondly moscow wants to see all the regional players taking part in such a conference including iran which may cause and also if the syrian authorities are ready to take part in such a conference right now then the rebels are making are voicing preconditions which include president assad having to step down but in general ban ki moon's visit continues this diplomatic marathon which will been witnessing for the past few weeks a lot of officials have been coming to russia discussing syria including u.s. secretary of state the prime ministers of great britain and israel and in general it seems the approach of many nations two ways of resolving the conflict in the country is changing now however there are still many problems including the one with the washington since when john kerry was in moscow it seemed that they were completely on the scene ph with russia's leadership but as soon as he left he
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started calling again for president assad to step down and promised more support of the rebels and that was back just recently by president barack obama himself what's widely being ignored is the fact that many of these rebels admit that they are receiving directions from international terror organizations including al qaida there are tons of videos in the web showing horrific acts conducted by rebels including public executions. of captured syrian soldiers there is this just troubling in video of a rebel cutting the hoard out of a dead syrian soldiers chest and eating it on camera calling on everybody else to do the same and promising to continue doing so in the future and also there is the statistic from various international activist groups which basically shows that every time the rebels receive
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a weapons from abroad the violence just spikes. he's going off reporting for us there now you can always get more of the stories we're covering on our website or t v dot com online for you right now drones and military robots set their sights on the sporting world and to our site to learn about the radical security measures being planned for the world cup in brazil. plus bureaucrats in brussels may have their hands full trying to cope with an economic crisis but they're still finding time to impose bizarre restrictions on the use of all of oil in restaurants get the full story on archie dot com. in iraq a ten policemen have been shot dead by an unknown gunman in a series of attacks in the west of the country seven that were killed when the militants attacks checkpoints near the city of death and in the city of rawa gunmen targeted another checkpoint and
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a police chief's residence leaving three officers dead and two others wounded there no group has claimed immediate responsibility sunni insurgents frequently target security forces in their efforts to destabilize the country while iraq remains a torn by sectarian tensions of the situation there is also aggravated by other factors it has been rank to be most corrupt country in the world a decade after the us invasion millions of dollars earmarked for rebuilding shattered infrastructure are unaccounted for while locals are left to contend with poverty toxic water and daily power blackouts artie's was the top of. it is the land between twin rivers ancient day mesopotamia modern day iraq and in baghdad there's no shortage of ways in which water is used to wash cars to clean shop fronts to store freshly caught fish before their gutted for sale everything it seems except drinking it nobody drinks the city what because we know it's not clean
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since the wife had to run books on what comes out of the tap a second time in eight and makes us sick how can we dream can't. water is just one of the many services that still lagging in post-war iraq despite years of promises and billions of dollars spent on reconstruction many neighborhoods lack sewage systems there's no trash collection in some settlements there are barely any streets iraq's central power is sometimes on for as little as two hours a day this mess of wires is a common scene all across iraq it connects homes to private generators people have to buy electricity to cope with the hours of daily blackouts ten years after the war it's a symbol for much of what's wrong with iraq a crumbling infrastructure services and a tangled web of iraq or c. and corruption. the energy crisis has meant more work for album area and electrician who says he now earns about four times as much
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as he did before the war the grid is in shambles and breakdowns are frequent but he says the government is simply not serious about fixing it. it's the citizens who suffer in the end not the government the services are so bad the power system has really deteriorated there were billions spent on fixing the grid but there's little to show for it. the government has promised improvements in public services but officials say it's a monumental task force structure has been put to the neglected end of the previous regimes and the damage is enormous there is a need to rebuild everything that's required tens of billions of dollars but the dollars are flowing along with and largely because of oil that's what accounts for most of the revenue in iraq's one hundred nineteen billion dollar budget here at the college we're flying reproduction of more than doubled in the here alone and that to go even higher the world's oil industry has been touted as one of the few bright spots in a country that's been playing by violence and
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a rampant corruption transparency international ranks iraq as the most corrupt country in the world which in part helps to explain why services are still lagging most of the reconstruction money was squandered through fraud and abuse just one example the government awarded one point seven billion dollars worth of fake electricity contracts it's a paradox that frustrates many iraqis theirs is one of the wealthiest pieces of land on earth but its people are some of the poorest. nowhere is that contrast more stark then here the landfill on the edge of baghdad many of the families living here have been displaced by the war but now they're waging a daily battle just to survive services are simply nonexistent for the conditions a horrible there are no schools for the kids who have no electricity no real houses to get a drink of water we have to travel for columbus's it's very difficult to live here for now they must remain among the refuse uncertain like the rest of iraq as to
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what will come on the winds of change lucy catherine of baghdad iraq. let's take a swing around the globe to look at some other stories making headlines around the world this hour in a tunisia a violent clash between police and supporters of a hardline islamist group has left one protester dead and several others injured tens of thousands took to the streets of the capital tunis in defiance of a government ban on the rally riot police moved in firing tear gas to disperse the demonstrators who fought back by hurling rocks the. movement which openly supports al-qaeda is the most radical to emerge in tunisia since the two thousand and eleven arab spring uprising. north korea has fired a short range projectile off its east coast as part of a so-called routine test that follows an earlier triple launch of that but the neighboring south back on alert for an analyst say the missiles have
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a range of one hundred twenty kilometers u.n. secretary general has appealed to north korea to hold off on any further missile attacks. powerful tornadoes are sweeping across oklahoma and the u.s. midwest damaging buildings and infrastructure the town of shawnee has been the worst hit with at least one person reported dead toppled power lines have caused blackouts more than one hundred homes have been destroyed and high winds have caused multiple road accidents sixteen counties in oklahoma have a declared a state of emergency. britain is being taken to task for failing to keep a close watch on how its spying technology is used raney rights activist says her repressive government used to u.k. made equipment to keep tabs on her she's now taking the issue to london's high court the manufacturers insist that the devices are designed for criminal
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investigations but privacy campaigners say that the system is widely abused let's take a look at that system the program itself is called fin spy and it can perform a wide range of surveillance operations now it works by infecting your computer and recording your skype conversations and also take a look at your social media activity you can also take screenshots without your knowledge and access information on your hard drive. who filed in the court documents told r t that digital surveillance has been spreading in bahrain since a former high ranking u.k. police officer john yates became security advisor there. emails were disguised as if they were from journalists and were from other activists and then after we discovered after two months investigation of a technical analysis to try and. investigate what kind of information and what this software actually does we discovered there was a company called gamma international which sells this software to foreign
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governments so we assumed and we given the circumstances in which i received the e-mails and the nature of the e-mails this was a suspect this was sold to the bahraini government but we also know that the servers. received this information from the software is actually based in bahrain so the servers are currently in bahrain and they're being updated in bahrain which means that this is further evidence over the past two years particularly british advisor john yates joined the bahrain security services we have noticed the increase in the use of surveillance in the use of c.c.t.v. and the use of digital surveillance and there are very targeted arrests and influence infiltration amongst protests after this happening using the latest technology technologies and this is all happened since following on from the hiring of the rick.


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